August 2018

Harbour Update - posted 29/08/18

Today was due to be our last Osprey cruise of the autumn but with another 5 Osprey and a surge on public interest we’ve decided to put on one last trip on Sept 6th at 9am. If you’d like to join us for this very last trip then you can do by clicking HERE. To add to our Osprey bonanza a gang of 4 Common Seal on the resting platform off Shipstal Beach, Arne was an unexpected surprise. Yet again, wader interest on the lagoon was similar to recent days with 3 Turnstone, 5 Sanderling, 2 Knot, 3 Greenshank, c100 Dunlin, 22 Avocet, c40 Ringed Plover, c150 Black-tailed Godwit and the 16 Spoonbill. In Middlebere a Lesser Yellowlegs was reported with a small flock of Greenshank but sadly couldn’t be confirmed or re-found later. Also a Woodchat Shrike was reported on the western edge of Hartland Moor but again, sadly disappeared too quickly before being confirmed. At Middlebre there were 2 adult Osprey, 16 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Grasshopper Warbler. At Holton Lee another adult Osprey flew low over Holton Pools and headed toward Wareham Forest. The autumns first Pintail was on Lytchett Fields with 1 Spotted Redshank, 28 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover. The young Hen Harrier was seen out again along the mouth of the Frome.

Harbour Update - posted 28/08/18

We don’t want these Osprey cruises to end! On todays tour we had 5 Osprey out in the Wareham Channel again with birds either circling or fishing for a good period of time. In the SW of the harbour one of our translocated juveniles gave a close fly by and then near the harbour mouth a juvenile Hobby flew in from South Haven and straight over of boat full of people. On the Brownsea Lagoon the 16 Spoonbill remained faithful to their normal saluting spots at the north end and a good selection of passage waders including Turnstone, Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Greenshank all accounted for. Over Lytchett Minster another Hobby was seen hunting hirundines. Migrant passerines are still coming through in good numbers, so getting out early and tracking them down should reward you with a nice selection. Up on Ballard a good day was had with 14 Willow Warbler, 45 Sedge Warbler, 11 Reed Warbler, 35 Grasshopper Warbler, 41 Blackcap, 9 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 20 Common Whitethroat all logged moving through the area. An Ospreywas seen hunting over Littlesea, Studland which is a very rare occurrence and possibly one of the translocated juveniles? Best of the rest from other sites included 4 Yellow Wagtail on Hartland Moor and 6 at Middlebere Fields, 9 Greenshank and 4 Spotted Redshank in the Wytch Channel and at Swineham/Bestwall 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Hobby, 3 Osprey (over Arne Moors) and 50+ Black-tailed Godwit.

Harbour Update - posted 27/08/18

Things were back to normal today and we were able to host our Osprey cruise without the rude interruption of rain. It was another great trip with 4-5 migrant Osprey seen in the Wareham Channel and a flying display of one of the translocated juveniles near Middlebere. We also had a large adult female pass the boat low across the water and 2 Marsh Harrier. Passerine migrants are still passing through in good numbers with 4 Whinchat at Sunnyside Farm plus 1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. At Greenland’s Farm there was 1 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart and an Osprey was in Brands Bay. On Brownsea there were 14 Spoonbill, 5 Sanderling, 2 Knot, c15 Ringed Plover and an Arctic Tern was out off Poole Quay in a tern flock. On Lytchett Fields there was a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and the Purple heron came into the Littlesea roost at 20:20. A nocturnal sound recording session at Lytchett Heath produced the sites first Ortolan Bunting flying over at 22:58 (sound recording below).

Ringed Plover - Baiter Park - Clare Slade

Dunlin - Baiter Park - Clare Slade

Turnstone - Baiter Park - Clare Slade

Harbour Update - posted 26/08/18

Ergh! What a day. It was so dire we had to cancel todays Osprey cruise which was just as well really as the forecast was spot on. A wader count at Lytchett Fields pre the wind and rain saw 10+ Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, c10 Greenshank and 1 Spotted Redshank with 2 Osprey low over the approach field and 6 Yellow Wagtail on the fields. The Purple Heron was again at the Littlesea roost. The young male Hen Harrier was in the west of the harbour again between Swineham and Arne Moors and a Whinchat was along the cycle path at Holes Bay. Young Kingfisher are now dispersing around the harbour so look out on the Brownsea Lagoon, Holton Pools, Poole Park and Holes Bay NE for a dash of blue over the coming weeks.

Whinchat - Holes Bay - Rene Goad

Kingfisher - Lytchett Bay - Ian Ballam

Harbour Update - posted 25/08/18

Today was our fourth Osprey cruise of the week and the target species didn’t disappoint. We had two hunting/fishing in the Wareham Channel both of which headed off north with a fish, with another already well placed with breakfast in talons perched up on a favourite perching branch on the Arne shoreline. Then, out of the blue one of our translocated chicks (008) came into the Wareahm Channel and spent 20 minutes practice fishing which was a sight to behold and and a very proud moment. We then also had anoth two of our translocated juveniles soaring over the mouth of Wytch Lake giving a great flight display…pure bliss. Then a real early autumn bonus popped up as a juvenile Hen Harrier hunted actively along the Keysworth shoreline wowing the crowd with a Marsh Harrier showing briefly a bit later too. Too add to the species list we had 11 Spoonbill on the Brownsea Lagoon along with 2 Sanderling, c20 Ringed Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, c300 Black-tailed Godwit, c500 Oystercatcher, 25 Avocet and c60 Dunlin. Later in the day a more accurate set of counts were made which added 2 Curlew Sandpiper to the list along with 12 Greenshank, 78 Redshank, 2 Med Gulls and 204 Cormorants. There were also 2 Pied Flycatcher and 3 Spotted Flycatcher in a tit flock containing 15+ Coal Tit. It certainly seems a few more migrants are coming through now and up on Ballard 15 Willow Warbler, 27 Sedge Warbler, 9 Grasshopper Warbler, 36 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 20 Common Whitethroat, 1 Redstart and 1 Whinchat moved through. The high water levels on the Brownsea Lagoon seem to be pushing birds towards Lytchett Fields which saw 128 Redshank, 18 Dunlin, 14 Green Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank and 3 Common Sandpiper along with 10+ Yellow Wagtail, 6 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler and 1 Tree Pipit also logged. In Holes Bay north things are shaping up nicely for the winter with 300+ Black-tailed Godwit, 129 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 14 Curlew and 2 Common Sandpiper on the low tide. At Greenlands Farm there were 25 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Common Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Willow Warbler and Whimbrel calling in Brands Bay. At Arne it seemed busy with migrants too with 1 Whinchat on Coombe Heath, 1 Whinchat and 1 Redstart on Arne Farm and a good general number of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler around the area.

Shelduck - Brownsea Lagoon - Nick Gadeene

Swallow - Brownsea Lagoon - Nick Gadeene

Translocated Osprey chick 008 - Alison Copland


Harbour Update - posted 24/08/18

It really is beginning to feel like autumn now. We hosted our third Osprey boat cruise this morning which saw woolly hats and even gloves being worn which highlights the real change in weather systems we’ve encountered in the last few days. Still, despite the cold and the wind the trip was as lovely as ever with 1 migrant Osprey seen in the Wareham Channel feeding on a fish on the Arne shoreline and 4 of the translocated juveniles seen in the SW of the harbour. Also seen were 11 Spoonbill on the Brownsea Lagoon (2 up from yesterday), c20 Avocet, 2 Sanderling, c20 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, c40 Black-tailed Godwit and c200 Oystercatcher. The sound of young Common and Sandwich Tern around the fringes of the harbour is a welcome sound as small pulses of Swallow and Sand Martin skimmed low over the water as they begin heading south. At Lytchett Fields there were 20 Yellow Wagtail, 16 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 4 Tree Pipit and 1 Common Redstart.

Harbour Update - posted 23/08/18

Today was our second Osprey cruise out of eight with both migrant and translocated Ospreys seen in the Wareham Channel and in the south west of the harbour. One bird was up on the north Arne shoreline eating a fish and then later flew towards Ridge with another seen actively flying up and down Shipstal Beach and Middlebere. Also seen were 9 Spoonbill on the Brownsea Lagoon and a Hobby was chasing down a Peregrine over the western end of Brownsea. In Middlebere there were 9 Greenshank, 9 Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper along with an un-ringed adult Osprey and a Marsh Harrier. At Littlesea the Purple Heron came into roost yet again. At Lytchett Fields there was a Ruff on Sherford Pools along with a Marsh Harrier, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Spotted Redshank.  

Greenshnak - Brownsea Lagoon - Nick Gadenne

Harbour Update - posted 22/08/18


Ballard Down and Old Harry – 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Common Redstart, 14 Common Whitethroat, 50+ House Martins, several Sand Martin and Swallow, 10+ Chiffchaff.

Brands Bay – 18 Great Crested Grebe, 138 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin.

Middlebere – 5 Grey Plover, 1 Osprey, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Wytch Channel – 3 Greenshank, 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 (juv) Osprey, 1 Marsh Harrier

Wareham Channel – 2 Osprey, 1 Marsh Harrier, lots of juv Sandwich and Common Tern

Brownsea Lagoon – 9 Spoonbill, c100 Dunlin, c25 Ringed Plover, c20 Avocet, 1 Greenshank

Lytchett Fields – Aquatic Warbler (reported), 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 2 Yellow Wagtail

Lytchett Heath – 1 Common Redstart, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 20 Sedge Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 15 Willow Warbler.

Hartland Moor – 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail.

Harbour Update - posted 21/08/18

There were 8 Spoonbill on Brownsea. 9 Grey Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier, 90 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Osprey in Middlebere. 5 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper on Lytchett Fields. 1 ringtail Hen Harrier over Swineham.

Harbour Update - posted 20/08/18

The Great White Egret infux continues with 2 in Holes Bay NW today. There was also a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Hobby and a Pied Flycatcher at the Sunnyside Scrape. In Middlebere 2 Spoonbill, 2 Osprey. On Lytchett Fields 1 juvenile Spotted Redshank.

Great White Egrets - Holes Bay - John Pick

Harbour Update - posted 19/08/18

It was Osprey central again with 2 in Middlebere and 3 in the Wareham Channel.  On Lytchett Fields there 14 Green Sandpiper and 6 Greenshank. On the Sunnyside Scrape there was 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Wheatear.

Harbour Update - posted 18/08/18

It was quite the day for Osprey sightings today! There were 3 sightings in the Wareham Channel, a favoured hunting spot, a juvenile on Coombe Heath at RSPB Arne and two sightings in the Middlebere Channel. They’re obviously being very active! The Purple Heron roosted on Little Sea, Studland again and 10 Spoonbill were sighted in Brownsea Lagoon, in addition to 9 flying past RSPB Arne.

Harbour Update - posted 17/08/18

It was a good day for raptor sightings on Coombe Heath at RSPB Arne, with 1 Osprey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 1 buzzard. The Purple Heron came to roost on Little Sea, Studland again and 2 Wheatear were seen at Baiter Park.

Harbour Update - posted 16/08/18

The purple heron was spotted roosting at Little Sea, Studland again today and a juvenile Spotted Redshank and a Green Sandpiper were recorded at RSPB Lytchett Fields.

Harbour Update - posted 15/08/18

A relatively quiet day today with 1 Whinchat at RSPB Lytchett Fields, a Green Sandpiper at Holton Lee and 2 Osprey seen on Coombe Heath at RSPB Arne.

Harbour Update - posted 14/08/18

The most exciting bird of today was a very early sighting of a ringtail Hen Harrier at RSPB Arne. Spoonbill numbers on Brownsea Lagoon rose to 8, where a Peregrine was also spotted flying over. Lots of action was recorded at RSPB Lytchett Fields with 1 Ruff, 9 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 57 Lapwing and 1 Stonechat. The star of the show was the wood sandpiper, which was also seen at Holton Lee. Migrant birds caught at Ballard Down included 20 Tree Pipit, 2 Pied Flycatcher and both adult and juvenile Common Whitethroat.

Harbour Update - posted 13/08/18

Things are still ticking along nicely at the moment with autumn migration, and although a bit slower today, there’s no doubt that over the coming weeks we’ll experience some really nice ‘falls’ of birds right across the harbour. This morning migration through Ballard was a bit slower with only 21 Sedge Warbler, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Whitethroat logged. At Lytchett Fields there were 21 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank, 105 Lapwing, 38 Dunlin and a Whinchat again. The Purple Heron at Littlesea seems to be going nowhere fast and came into roost at 20:50 at the southern end of Littlesea. In Middlebere there were 2 adult Osprey and 6 Spoonbill on the high tide. Out over the Wareham Channel another (or the same) 2 Osprey were fishing at dawn along with a single Hobby and Marsh Harrier.

Harbour Update - posted 12/08/18

Today was pretty grim but after this summers heat wave it was nice to see such a sustained period of rain and despite the damp there was some good coverage around the harbour. Out in Poole Bay a flock of 20 Gannet fished for most of the morning best viewed off Studland Beach. In Middlebere there were 6 Spoonbill, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Curlew, 4 Common Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Grey Plover, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper and an Osprey with the first Wigeon of the autumn also logged. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 14 Curlew, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Greenshank, 21 Avocet, 19 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 7 Sanderling, 192 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone and 497 Oystercatcher. On Lytchett Fields both the Curlew Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper remained and there was a general increase in other wader species with 37 Dunlin, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ringed Plover, 8 Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank, 21 Common Snipe and there was a single Whinchat too.

Dartford Warbler - Hartland Moor - Nick Gadeene

Harbour Update - posted 11/08/18

Highlights from today included 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 40 Redshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Snipe and 15 Pied Wagtail at Lytchett Fields. At Middlebere there was an adult female Osprey, 5 Grey Plover, 306 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Avocet, 6 Spoonbill and a juvenile Oystercatcher. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 5 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 67 Common Redshank, 23 Ringed Plover, 150+ Dunlin, 14 Sanderling, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Avocet, 8 Curlew, 1 Knot and along the north shore 21 Common Sandpiper at Seymers. At South Haven there were 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Garden Warbler. Up on Ballard 24 Willow Warbler, 61 Sedge Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Tree Pipit were logged moving through the site.

Wood Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields - Graham Jaggard


Harbour Update - posted 10/08/18

Waders were the main feature of the day with another nice spread across the Holton Pools/Lytchett Fields area with a Ruff and 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat on and around Holton Pools and 1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 adult Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 60 Lapwing on Lytchett Fields along with several new juvenile Black-tailed Godwit fresh in from Iceland. At Middlebere there were 6 Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Hobby and 1 Osprey along with another Osprey over Lytchett Bay. In the Wytch Lake there were 6 Greenshank and on Baiter 13 Turnstone were back.

Wood Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields - Shaun Robson

Harbour Update - posted 09/08/18

Yet again there was a big push of passerines moving through the harbour this morning with Sedge Warbler being the most prominent species. Now is also the best time to try and see species such as Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Common Redstart and Common Whitethroat on migration and a good search through scrubby areas of Ballard and Studland Village, Littlesea, Greenland’s Farm, Middlebere, Arne, Soldiers Road and Hartland Moor should reward you with a nice mix of species. At Ballard Down this morning 152 Sedge Warbler, 31 Willow Warbler, 13 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Garden Warbler and 12 Common Whitethroat were logged moving through the area and at Lytchett Fields 78 Sedge Warbler, 19 Willow Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Garden Warbler were logged. Lytchett Fields there was a good mix of birds including 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and a Whinchat. On Holton Pools there was sadly no sign of the Wood Sandpiper but there were 2 Green Sandpiper and the usual clan of Little Egrets. In Middlebere there were 6 Spoonbill, 6 Greenshank and 2 Osprey.

Harbour Update - posted 08/08/18

As august progresses more and more migrants are being reported heading south and at sites right across the harbour you stand a good chance of encountering a whole range of species. At our ringing site near Ballard Down there was a nice mix of birds ringed this AM including a Pied Flycatcher, 31 Willow Warbler, 61 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Garden Warbler and 8 Common Whitethroat. At Arne and Hartland Moor Wheatear are now trickling through and can be seen in two’s and three’s. A juvenile Common Cuckoo was on Stoborough Heath and at Middlebere 2 Osprey were hanging around the Middlebere nest platform for most of the day. It looks as if there were 2 Wood Sandpiper today with a bird present on Holton Pools with another on Lytchett Fields around the same time. In the west of the harbour despite a poor summer for Marsh Harrier they’re a bit more conspicuous with a couple of new birds passing through every so often and today one was seen over Middlebere and Swineham.

Harbour Update - posted 07/08/18

The waders keep on coming and the Brownsea Lagoon was busy with at least 20 Greenshank and well as Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper. At Lytchett Bay an Osprey was hunting out over the bay and on the fields was a Wood Sandpiper, 18 Dunlin and 10 Greenshank. We’re now also beginning to see the increase in Spoonbill as there were 6 in Middlebere and 4 at Shipstal.

Greenshank - Brownsea Lagoon - Hamish Murray

Harbour Update - posted 06/08/18

Waders are on the move en mass this time of year and become very active as they coming and go with the setting and rising of the sun as almost all waders migrate at night. There was a lovely setting at Lytchett Fields this evening which was already special with the presence of both a Wood and Curlew Sandpiper. As dusk settled up to 19 Green Sandpiper and 12 Common Sandpiper flew around the site calling excitedly before we presume moving off south when the sun set. There were also 22 Dunlin, 15 Snipe and the first returning juvenile Black-tailed Godwit of the year. On Brownsea there are still a few Common Terns yet to fledge but it seems the Sandwich Terns are now done for the year. The Purple Heron came in a bit earlier this evening (9:00pm), just how long is this bird going to hang around? Again, 2 Osprey were hanging around Arne all day and the first migrant Wheatears were seen on top of Hartland.

Little Egret - Holton Pools - John Pick

Great Black-backed Gull chicks - Brownsea Beach - Val Smith

Harbour Update - posted 05/08/18

Migration is really picking up now and up at our ringing site on Ballard Down a good pulse of Sedge Warbler moved through the area with 72 ringed along with a 7 Reed Warbler, 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Garden Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler and a Tawny Owl! Another ringing site in the harbour (Lytchett Bay) was an equally busy warbler fest with 130 Sedge Warbler, 19 Reed Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Garden Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Dartford Warbler ringed. It was nice to see Holes Bay get some wader selection with 2 Common Sandpiper in the NE section and a fresh juvenile Kingfisher (possibly taking up residence for the winter now), and in the SE section 2 Curlew Sandpiper (an excellent Holes Bay record) also 1 Greenshank and just a single Dunlin. The Purple Heron again came into the Littlesea roost at 21:20. In Middlebere the 4 Spoonbill were at the end of the channel again and the 2 adult Osprey were still hanging around the Coombe Heath/Middlebere area.

Harbour Update - posted 04/08/18

On Lytchett Fields the Curlew Sandpiper was still out on French’s Pools with 5 Common Sandpiper and 6 Greenshank. In Middlebere there were only 4 Spoonbill today and 2 adult Ospreywere still active commuting between the Wareham Channel and our release site. At South Haven it was good to see 6 Sanderling back, although these will most likely be migrants passing through rather than over-winterers and in Brands Bay there were 83 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 64 Redshank, 7 Dunlin and 2 Whimbrel.

Curlew Sandpiper - Lytchett Fields - Ian Ballam

Harbour Update - posted 03/08/18

We’re at that exciting time of year where our Osprey translocation sees the release of our first set of birds. This year saw a small range of ages between the chicks and at the beginning of the week the first 5 were ready for release, which was incredibly exciting. It didn’t take long for the first birds to fly free and by the end of the day the five were getting used to life on the wing around the release site. For the next 7-10 days they’ll stay fairly close to the pens as provisions continue to be put out for them, but over time they’ll begin exploring other areas of the harbour and hopefully allow members of the public to see them around sites like Arne and Middlebere. We’ll keep you posted with their progress and look forward to hearing about their shenanigans over the coming weeks! The Purple Heron again came into roost at Littlesea around 21:30 and a Red Kite drifted over Arne Moors. There were 2-3 adult Osprey in the harbour today too, some of which have all ready began interacting with our translocated chicks. At Lytchett Fields a new Curlew Sandpiper was on the fields mixed in with the Dunlin along with 6 Common Sandpiper and 9 Greenshank. In the Middlebere Channel 5 Spoonbill were still feeding in the southern end.

Released Osprey chicks 013 and 014 enjoying life on the wing.  

Harbour Update - posted 02/08/18

The Littlesea Purple Heron looks well and truly settled and came into roost again last night at 21:20. No doubt it will disappear in due course but never has this species stayed for so long in the harbour before so if you’re keen to try and see it then heading up to higher hide for dusk, directly opposite the Greenland’s Farm entrance would be a good idea. There are 2-3 Osprey still in the harbour with a definite un-ringed bird and what looked to be a blue ringed bird on the right leg, possibly CJ7 back again? There were 5 Spoonbill in Middlebere with 2 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank and Whimbrel are numerous in the channels and bays along the southern shores and a handful in the northern bays such as Holes and Brands Bay. Holes Bay NE also held 74 Curlew, 95 Redshank, 8 Oystercatcher, 38 Little Egret and 125 Black-tailed Godwit. A Hobby was over Brands Bay with another 2 over Slepe Copse.

Harbour Update - posted 01/08/18

Things are picking up really nicely as they should do at the beginning on August with a really nice mix of new arrivals, but also quality long-stayers. Out of the blue the Littlesea Purple Heron came into roost again at dusk with 50 Little Egret and a pale phase Arctic Skua was out in Studland Bay. Another Pied Flycatcher was seen with one at Littlesea along with a Spotted Flycatcher. At Lytchett Heath the autumns first flyover Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail went over at dawn and a busy ringing session produced 26 migrant Sedge Warbler, 24 Willow Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. There were 2 adult Osprey in the harbour today with one seen over Lytchett Bay and another at the same time at Arne. At Holton Pools there were 3 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper. At Middlebere a post breeding flock of 20+ Mistle Thrush flew across the lane and there were 5 Spoonbill in the channel along with a Cattle Egret later in the evening. There was also a juvenile Marsh Harrier that was going between Middlebere, Wytch and even Lytchett Fields. In Brands Bay there were 4 Whimbrel, 77 Med Gulls, 3 Teal and 10 Swift went over south. On the Brownsea Lagoon there were 8 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (rare here), 2 Turnstone, 40 Dunlin but a whopping 350 Common Tern.

Harbour Update - posted 31/07/18

There was more good coverage of the harbour today with a nice selection of birds including 1 Osprey, 6 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 119 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 3 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel 1 Hobby and 1 Marsh Harrier at Middlebere with several migrant Willow Warbler and Whitethroat along the lane. At Holton Pools there were 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper with an Osprey seen over Lytchett Bay and at Lytchett Fields 3 Green Sandpiper, 9 Greenshank, 63 Redshank and 12 Little Egret. What was almost certainly a Black Kite was seen drifting over Slepe Heath mid morning, but sadly couldn’t be clinched. A Cattle Egret was at the mouth of Middlebere mid morning and a juv Marsh Harrier flew along the channel and there seem to be plenty of Whimbrel about with Middlebere, Wytch, Brands and Bramble Bush Bays all holding birds. At dusk, what was thought to be the Purple Heron was seen in the Littlesea roost but sadly it was too dark to confirm.

Harbour Update - posted 30/07/18

The highlight of today was the autumns first Wood Sandpiper at Holton Lee where there were also 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Lapwing with several Willow Warbler in the surrounding scrub. At Lytchett Fields 16 Green Sandpiper were across the fields with 5 Common Sandpiper, 136 Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin, 1 Snipe and several returning Teal.

Harbour Update - posted 29/07/18

Ergh! What a day, although we needed today really badly as the forecast is for today’s torrid weather to breeze on by and for the hot weather to continue. The only rewards for a wet soggy watch at Lytchett Fields was an adult Little Stint.

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